Stephan Welsch was born 1983 in Coburg, Bavaria, Germany. The Artist lives in Coburg and works in his newly build Atelier and Gallery Loft in his hometown. He is self-taught but was recently accepted as a member of the Professional Association of Fine Artists.
How did you get into art?
Late in my life, I discovered my true self. I found the one thing that calms my mind, balances me, fulfills me, and brings me the inner peace I've been searching for all my life. I got to this point in 2019.
I've always been a creative free spirit, introverted, and the carousel of thoughts in my mind never came to a halt.
Music has always had a soothing effect on me and has been a part of me since my childhood. So, to this day, it brings me great joy to be able to express myself as a guitarist.
While there is certainly an artistic streak in my family, I never found a connection to painting or art in general myself. I completed a business education and ventured into self-employment at a young age. Successes and failures shaped my long journey, which led me through various positions and professions, ultimately bringing me back to self-employment once again, and revealing the depression that had been accompanying me since my childhood.
My first work was created in 2019 and exposed my state of mind at that time – I still find it difficult to put into words.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
As an abstract expressionist, I strive to transcend the mere representation of a subject to touch the innermost. The theme always remains the same for me: inner peace, inner balance, and fulfillment are what count.
Each of my works tells a story. They are a reflection of my experiences, my dreams, and my personal transformation. I invite you to immerse yourself in my paintings, to explore the colors, shapes, and textures, and to begin your own journey. Each piece allows room for interpretation, and there's no right or wrong. Your individual impressions and feelings are just as valuable as my own.
In my art, it's not only about creating something beautiful but also about forging a connection. I hope that my works provide you with inspiration, stimulate your imagination, and awaken in you the desire to see the world with new eyes.
How do you go about developing your work?
I pursue a multifaceted approach that consists of three essential components – the planned, the composition, and the controlled randomness. These elements merge on the canvas into a harmonious symbiosis that transports the viewer into a world of atmospheres, emotional realms, and moods.
The convergence of these three components – the planned, the composition, and the controlled randomness – results in an artistic expression that transcends the boundaries of the visual. My works are not mere depictions of color on canvas; rather, they are windows to a world where emotions and thoughts blend together in unique ways. My paintings extend an invitation to the viewers to immerse themselves in the deep layering of colors, structures, and feelings, continuously discovering new facets along the way.
Who or what influences you?
I am inspired by everyday life and nature. As an artist, it is my passion to observe the world around me, deconstruct it, and reconstruct it in new ways. Through my art, I aim to bridge the gap between the visible and the invisible, between the obvious and the hidden. My works extend an invitation to transcend familiar boundaries and explore new horizons.
One artist who touches and influences me a lot is Pierre Soulages.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
I was recently accepted as a member of the Professional Association of Visual Artists, which particularly delights me as a self-taught artist.
New exhibitions are in the planning stage, and I am looking forward to starting new artworks.